Awning Fabrics: What are they?

November 2, 2015

​So you’re looking for an awning for your business or backyard. You know the size, the shape, and even the color you want. But, did you know that awnings are made from a variety of specialty fabrics? In fact, awnings are not all made with the same materials.
So when we talk about materials, what exactly are we referencing? For starters, there’s the frame of your awning; it can be made of aluminum, wood, stainless steel, and other sturdy materials. But, the most important part of the awning is the fabric that provides the shade and protection you’re looking for. 
The fabric is the textile that’s used to create that beautiful looking shape above your entryway, patio, or window. This fabric is made of several kinds of materials and include:

  • Polyester
  • Canvas
  • Acrylic
  • Vinyl
  • Polyester-Vinyl Composite

The materials above offer various qualities and features. Some materials – like canvas – may not be suited to the environment you live in. In fact, it is important that you do your due diligence before purchasing an awning and figure out which material is best for your home. So what does that mean? 

​To start off, where you live is important when it comes to the type of material you want for your awning. For example, if you live in a rainy area then you probably don’t want to use a cotton material. Why? Because it can retain water and it’s not exactly waterproof. If you live in a sunny area you probably also don’t want to use a fabric that isn’t going to provide you UV ray protection or will fall apart under the harsh conditions of the sun.
​Now that you know a little more about awning materials, remember to ask your awning professional what type of material is best for your home. Remember, vinyl and polyesters can be made waterproof, UV ray resistant, and more. So can acrylics and even canvas if it’s treated with the right chemicals.
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